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Title: Score
Summary: Who dares, wins.
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 2300
Author's Notes: This is not the third bit of "Season in Hell", unfortunately-- it's set the morning after Gamesmanship, making it second in the Sport of Queens-verse (professional Quidditch). You can find all parts here on A03: http://archiveofourown.org/series/5720 This part is dedicated to [livejournal.com profile] vaysh.

Draco Malfoy was the first man Harry'd slept with. )
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Belatedly, for a request by [livejournal.com profile] postingwhore . One of those three sentence fics that got away.

Summary: and she just doesn't know/ how much more she can give

Narcissa could hear them in the dark, in the garden burying her sister, as inside the house she packed her things to go. She was lucky. Most of the dead still lay where they fell. Animals might defile the bodies; if they did not the victors would. They hadn't been able to bring them all, but Bellatrix at least would be at peace, in the quiet and unhallowed ground of Malfoy Manor.

“Do you want--,” Lucius had asked, and gestured to the body.

“Let her robes and mask be her shroud,” Narcissa had said, looking at Bellatrix's slack face and tangled hair. Bella had been the most beautiful of three sisters known for their beauty, and men had written sonnets about her midnight eyes and the mysteries of her smile.

Narcissa had left her husband and son to do the digging and gone into the house, and begun putting things in her bag. What did you take, when you left, she wondered. Which robes were fashionable for deserting one's husband? Black, because almost everyone they knew was dead. There would be funerals for weeks.

Despite herself she thought of Bella, still at last; the niece she'd never known who'd died at Hogwarts, Sirius, whose grave she'd never seen, Regulus, whose body had never been found. So many dead, and all of them for nothing, because the war had been lost. For nothing, because the Muggles were going to ruin everything and call it progress.

The brushes with the silver handles had been a gift from Lucius's mother; she left them on her dressing table. There was a framed photograph of Draco, which she wrapped in a scarf and tucked into her bag, and one of Lucius that she left. She ran her fingers across the spines of the books on the little shelf under the window, but in the end she left them. They could be sent on later.

In the bath she tucked shampoo and conditioning potions and makeup into a case, and left her birth control on the edge of the sink, because she might be leaving Lucius but she could not imagine going to bed with anyone else. Eighteen years of marriage, and two years of sin before that, and she had been not quite eighteen that first time. Even then she had known what she wanted, and what it might mean.

She had been a Death Eater's daughter, even then, a Death Eater's sister. She cannot say she wasn't warned.

Suddenly she was on her knees on the tile, sobbing so hard she could barely breathe. She had warned them-- she had warned them all, and they hadn't listened. No one had ever listened. Not her father, not her sister, not her husband. Not her son.

“I thought you were gone,” Lucius said from the doorway, “Narcissa?”

She looked up then. Her head hurt and her eyes burned and her nose was running. She was too old to be so foolish. He had something on his cheek that might be dirt, and might be a bruise, and when he knelt beside her and touched her face his hands were filthy. He smelled of blood and smoke and the mud of her sister's grave.

“No,” she said, and put her hand on his. “I'm not going anywhere.” It was true, unfortunately; she never could bring herself to go. Her husband was a racist and an idiot who had involved their teenage son in a civil war, and he had appalling taste and wore more jewelry than she did and had quarreled with her entire family. She had meant to leave him a dozen times and never managed it, and just because their world is burning does not mean she ever will. “You know I love you too much to leave.”

“Yes,” Lucius said, resting his chin on top of her head, “but that doesn't mean I ever get tired of hearing you say it.”
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Summary: Erik finds answers to questions he never meant to ask.

Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage )
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I promised this to [livejournal.com profile] postingwhore in FEBRUARY. I suck, you guys.

The Backstory-Verse
How the Malfoy Wealth Was Won (London, 1860)
The Greatest Treason (Wales, 1913)
When I Ruled the World (France, 1917)
Portent (London, 1943)
The Greatest Generation (London, 1945)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (New York, 1959)
The Ill-Made Knight (Yorkshire, 1960)
The Setting Sun (Surrey, 1963)
Conviction (London, 1974)
Charm (London, 1978)
(Baby Don't) Fear the Reaper (London, 1979)
Shadow of the Day (Spinner's End, 1979)
A Woman's Place (Surrey, 1979)
Chronology (Surrey, 1980)
Destiny's Child (London, 1980)
Spy Games (London, 1981)
Shadow of the Day (Surrey, 1982)
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War (Surrey, 1982)
A Prophet In His Own Country (Surrey, 1984)
A Handful of Dust (Surrey, 1994)

Well it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth/ the baffled king composing Hallelujah )
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This was written for National Coming Out Day (10/20) but it's a little late. Shocking, I know. Takes place about 18 months before Players.

Summary: Coming out is the hardest part.

Gamesmanship )
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Summary: The power of names.

The Backstory-Verse
How the Malfoy Wealth Was Won (London, 1860)
The Greatest Treason (Wales, 1913)
When I Ruled the World (France, 1917)
Portent (London, 1943)
The Greatest Generation (London, 1945)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (New York, 1959)
The Ill-Made Knight (Yorkshire, 1960)
The Setting Sun (Surrey, 1963)
Conviction (London, 1974)
(Baby Don't) Fear the Reaper (London, 1979)
Shadow of the Day (Spinner's End, 1979)
A Woman's Place (Surrey, 1979)
Chronology (Surrey, 1980)
Destiny's Child (London, 1980)
Spy Games (London, 1981)
Shadow of the Day (Surrey, 1982)
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War (Surrey, 1982)
A Prophet In His Own Country (Surrey, 1984)
A Handful of Dust (Surrey, 1994)

Destiny's Child )

Remix

Jun. 2nd, 2010 02:34 pm
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Also! SRoni wrote "Shadow of the Veil (The Wedding March Remix), which is a remix of Four Weddings and a Funeral.

This is one of the most interesting things about Remixes, I think: the vastly different ways people view canon, and how it influences the way they write characters. I have this-- shorthand version of the HP characters, I guess, that comes through in everything I write. Bellatrix's marriage was arranged by her father. Andromeda's was a way to run away from her family. Narcissa's was a love match. Sirius and Remus's relationship was doomed from the beginning. Etc. But this is all stuff I made up! It more or less fits with canon-- but so does SRoni's version (in fact, I suspect hers fits better with JKR's reality than mine). So she took what was basically a series of drabbles and fleshed them out in an entirely different direction, which is awesome.

**I totally thought I'd posted this the other night when I posted my Remix fic, but apparently not. Oops.
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More crackfic.

Summary: In the 1970s, Methos joins the wrong secret society.

Skulls and Bones )
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Tom Riddle writes lists in the round, sloping hand of a boy raised in an orphanage. Lists of names. Malfoy. Black. Lestrange. Avery. Crabbe. Rosier. Prince. They are the names of the great families of wizarding Britain, the houses that ruled the country when Tom was born. And they have one other thing in common. Each of them has a child, children: sons and daughters who are old enough to be independent, young enough to be malleable.

Tom means to bend them. He means to break them. Their fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers, are the ones who turned away Merope Gaunt, left her, big with child and starving, to the mercy of the Muggles.

They are the scions of their houses, the hope of the future and sometimes the despair. They are the flower of a generation, and he means to arrange them as pleases. He writes their names, carefully, as if the nuns still waited with their rulers. He will make no mistakes, not in this.
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Pure crack.  I'm not apologizing and I can't explain.

Summary:  Severus betrayed the Dark Lord for a reason.  It's not what you thought it was.


Oh, and there we were all in one place/ A generation lost in space )
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The Backstory-Verse
How the Malfoy Wealth Was Won (London, 1860)
When I Ruled the World (France, 1917)
Portent (London, 1943)
The Greatest Generation (London, 1945)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (New York, 1959)
The Ill-Made Knight (Yorkshire, 1960)
The Setting Sun (Surrey, 1963)
Conviction (London, 1974)
(Baby Don't) Fear the Reaper (London, 1979)
Shadow of the Day (Spinner's End, 1979)
A Woman's Place (Surrey, 1979)
Chronology (Surrey, 1980)
Spy Games (London, 1981)
Shadow of the Day (Surrey, 1982)
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War (Surrey, 1982)
A Prophet In His Own Country (Surrey, 1984)
A Handful of Dust (Surrey, 1994)

Shadow of the Day )
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Crack fic! Now in November.

Summary: Not all the things we call upon in the dark are things we mean to summon.

My Immortal )
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Summary: The past is horrifying and the future is worse.
The Backstory-Verse
How the Malfoy Wealth Was Won (London, 1860)
When I Ruled the World (France, 1917)
Portent (London, 1943)
The Greatest Generation (London, 1945)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (New York, 1959)
The Ill-Made Knight (Yorkshire, 1960)
The Setting Sun (Surrey, 1963)
Conviction (London, 1974)
(Baby Don't) Fear the Reaper (London, 1979)
A Woman's Place (Surrey, 1979)
Chronology (Surrey, 1980)
Spy Games (London, 1981)
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War (Surrey, 1982)
A Prophet In His Own Country (Surrey, 1984)
A Handful of Dust (Surrey, 1994)

A Prophet In His Own Country )
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Someday, maybe I will have time to write full paragraphs!

Fic genres meme from[livejournal.com profile] schemingreader

Write 10 different categories of fic, in as few words as possible.

1. Angst: "We bury our own dead," Lucius said to Harry Potter, "and he was one of us in every way that mattered."

2. AU: Really, if one didn't know Snape had been born in a flat above a pub in the wrong part of Belfast, one might almost take him for an Englishman, Lucius thought.

3. Crack: Forming a rock band wasn't even the worst idea Lucius had come up with that night. Severus was grateful the Dark Lord hadn't preferred the interpretive dance troupe.

4. Crossover: Ianto Jones was not sure that becoming the butler at Malfoy Manor was a good career move, especially because Lucius Malfoy spent nearly as much time unclothed as Jack Harkness.

5. First Time: "Better with you, and willing, than at the Dark Lord's orders," he said with all the bravado he could muster.

6. Fluff: This was something he had never managed with Lily-- waking up to the heat of a body against his back, and soft even breathing in his ear--and he thought he liked it.

7. Humor: "Witches and wizards," Lucius said with a flourish, "Lord Voldemort! Like him or not, he's killed a lot of Mudbloods."

8. Hurt/Comfort: There was no spell for this, no Charm. He lay beside Lucius and waited for the shivering to stop, feeling utterly useless.

9. Smut: He closed his eyes and pressed his forehead against his arms, and Severus drove into him as smoothly and quickly as if he'd Apparated into place.

10. UST: "You're a married man, Malfoy--." "I defy you to say that three times, fast, Severus." "You just want an excuse to watch my mouth." "Yes."
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Summary: Five things that happened to the Blacks.

Four Weddings and a Funeral )
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For [livejournal.com profile] pushdragon, in case she's still out there.
Summary: For every beginning there is an end.
The Backstory-Verse
How the Malfoy Wealth Was Won (London, 1860)
When I Ruled the World (France, 1917)
Portent (London, 1943)
The Greatest Generation (London, 1945)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (New York, 1959)
The Ill-Made Knight (Yorkshire, 1960)
The Setting Sun (Surrey, 1963)
Conviction (London, 1974)
(Baby Don't) Fear the Reaper (London, 1979)
A Woman's Place (Surrey, 1979)
Chronology (Surrey, 1980)
Spy Games (London, 1981)
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War (Surrey, 1982)
A Handful of Dust (Surrey, 1994)

And I will show you something different from either/ Your shadow at morning striding behind you/ Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you )
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Summary: Some people were never meant for walking away.
The Backstory-Verse
How the Malfoy Wealth Was Won (London, 1860)
When I Ruled the World (France, 1917)
Portent (London, 1943)
The Greatest Generation (London, 1945)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (New York, 1959)
The Ill-Made Knight (Yorkshire, 1960)
The Setting Sun (Surrey, 1963)
Conviction (London, 1974)
(Baby Don't) Fear the Reaper (London, 1979)
A Woman's Place (Surrey, 1979)
Chronology (Surrey, 1980)
Spy Games (London, 1981)
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War (Surrey, 1982)
A Handful of Dust (Surrey, 1994)

And you want to travel with her/ And you want to travel blind/ And you know that she will trust you/ For she's touched your perfect body with her mind. )

WiP Meme

Mar. 3rd, 2009 07:35 pm
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From everyone, practically. Post a single sentence from each WIP you have. No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence.

1. He squeezes off a shot, more out of reflex than anything else, and plugs Castiel square between the eyes.

2. Cash is in bed with his cousin Eileen when his father walks in.

3. He knew, when the Locater Charm failed in the middle of a Cabinet meeting, that his son was dead.

4. Andromeda is married at midsummer, by a man wearing a bedsheet.

5. Shortly after the war ended, they passed a law prohibiting former Death Eaters from purchasing property, from running for office, and from employing wizards, house elves, goblins, and centaurs.

6. (Without Gaius Baltar, of course, there was no New Caprica.)

7. They think of themselves as decent men, they think of this as an act of war: she is a woman and she knows better.

8. And then he went into his study and closed the door, and every window and every mirror and glass and plate in the house shattered and fell in pieces on the floor.

9. She is angry with her husband, deeply and bitterly angry for things she knows are as much her fault as his, things that she will end by forgiving him, because she loves him.

10. He calls you Crawford, this old comrade-in-arms of your father’s, and he looks at you as if he meant to eat you, in the way that sometimes you have seen your father look at the woman you both pretend is your mother.

11. Two days after his birthday, John drags him to the post office to register for the draft.

12. He’s eighteen when Sam leaves for good, and he has a Colt Peacemaker his father gave him and the high school diploma Sam made him earn.
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Summary: 1981. Severus has a secret. So does Lucius. And sometimes love, it just ain't enough.

The Backstory-Verse
How the Malfoy Wealth Was Won (London, 1860)
When I Ruled the World (France, 1917)
Portent (London, 1943)
The Greatest Generation (London, 1945)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (New York, 1959)
The Ill-Made Knight (Yorkshire, 1960)
The Setting Sun (Surrey, 1963)
Conviction (London, 1974)
(Baby Don't) Fear the Reaper (London, 1979)
A Woman's Place (Surrey, 1979)
Chronology (Surrey, 1980)
Spy Games (London, 1981)
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War (Surrey, 1982)

Spy Games )

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